Hayes, AL, Mansour, N and Fisher, R (2015) Understanding intercultural transitions of medical students. International Journal of Medical Education, 2015 (6). pp. 26-37. ISSN 2042-6372

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Objectives: The aim of this research was to explore the transition of medical students to an international branch campus of a medical university established in Bahrain.

Methods: In order to gain insights into this transition, we explored two culturally diverse systems of learning of the university and the local schools in Bahrain, using Commu-nities of Practice as a lens for understanding transitions. Focus groups were conducted with secondary school teachers and first year medical students. Additionally, semi-structured interviews were conducted with university lecturers.

Results: The findings suggest that, while Communities of Practice have been influential in contextualising transitions to university, this model does not seem to help us to fully understand intercultural transitions to the case-study university.

Conclusions: The research emphasises that more attention should be given to learner individual agency within this theory as a framework for understanding transitions. It also challenges approaches within medical education that attempt to standardise systems of learning through acquisi-tion of established practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: transnational medical education, transition, communities of practice, identity, agency
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 15:02
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 11:33
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/368

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